Kymberly Martin

More updates on Covid-19 and the NDIS

The government has updated Covid-19 response measures for NDIS participants, disability support workers and NDIS providers:

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  • In situations where there is a known positive case of Covid-19, participants and providers can access $300 in funding for deep-cleaning
  • Providers of Supported Independent Living (SIL) can claim up to $1,200 per day for higher intensity supports to cover situations where there is a positive or potential positive, Covid-19 case of a participant and they are required to self-isolate or quarantine
  • Participants who live in SIL and non-SIL arrangements now have access to additional Assistance with Daily Living (ADL) and Short Term Accommodation (STA) funding as needed when quarantining or self-isolating.

For more information visit: www.ndis.gov.au/coronavirus

There are also new temporary measures in place for Victoria and NSW providers to directly claim costs of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA).

NDIS Minister Stuart Robert said the change assures participants that their NDIS plan funds will not be impacted by the use of PPE, as providers can now directly bill these costs to the NDIA.

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Providers will be able to claim an allowance of $1.70 per hour of support delivered in the Activities of Daily Life Support Category, to cover the cost of PPE and also claim for costs they have incurred for delivering daily living supports from July 29, in line with previous provisions made for providers to support PPE use.

Similar measures will also apply for Queensland following the State Government’s new Disability Accommodation Services Direction.  These include:

  • NDIS participants to claim the cost of PPE, including masks, for use when a worker is with them
  • NDIS providers to directly claim the costs of PPE for workers from the NDIA.

Impacted Queensland providers will be contacted over the coming days with further detail on the new way of claiming for PPE.

Further information on funding of PPE can be found at www.ndis.gov.au. For information and advice regarding the appropriate use of PPE, visit the Department of Health website: www.health.gov.au

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